Survey™ Project Webform

Dog owners have their own way of raising and handling their dog. In 2018 we discovered dog-directed parenting styles (click here). Later we were able to find a connection between these parenting styles and the body condition of the dog (click here) and behaviour (click here).

With this new research among dog owners we want to further explore how dog-directed parenting styles are connected to training methods. Furthermore, through behavioral research we want to establish a link with social intelligence of dogs (do they understand what others know?).






The questionnaire is about your bond with your dog and how you raise and train your dog. In total the questionnaire will take about 20 minutes. If you are interested to participate with a behavioral research, you can sign up at the end of the questionnaire.

It's great that you want to participate with this research! Please go through the questions quickly. Follow your feelings and don't think too hard about a question. There are no right or wrong answers! When you own multiple dogs, keep one dog in mind. Preferably your youngest dog which is at least 1 year old.

We advise you to fill in the questionnaire on a regular computer, not on a tablet, because of the size of the questionnaire (the loading time on a tablet may cause your data to get lost). Thank you in advance for your time!

1. 
Declaration of consent for participation with the questionnaire -  We hereby invite you to participate in our research on keeping dogs and what contributes towards a succesful relationship between human and dog.
Your participation in this research is entirely voluntary. Filling in the online questionnaire will take about twenty minutes of your time.
No risks are attached to participation and you or your dog will gain no benefits from it. The research may be beneficial to other dogs in the future.

Data will only be used for the described research, serve no commercial purposes and will not be made available to third parties.

Would you like to participate? Please check the 'Yes, I will participate' box below. You can then start answering the questions in the online questionnaire. 
2. 

For research it is important to label data. Your city of residence combined with the name of the dog (for which you fill in this questionnaire) will form this label. Can you fill these in below?

City of residence
Name dog
3. 
What is your gender?
4. 
What is your age category?
5. 
What is your highest completed level of education?
6. 
How satisfied are you with your dog?
Heeft u meer honden? Neem dan één hond in gedachten voor alle(!) vragen die nu volgen.

7. 
What percentage of the care (time) for the dog do you take on (for the dog for which you are filling in this questionnaire)?
8. 
What is the gender of your dog, and are they intact or fixed (castrated/spayed)?
9. 
What is the breed of your dog?
Als het geen raszuivere hond is, kunt u "Mix" invullen, bijvoorbeeld: "Mix labrador en akita".

10. 
Does your dog have a pedigree (certificate)?
11. 
How old was the dog when you got it?
12. 
What is the age of your dog?
13. 
How did you acquire your dog?
14. 
How much time in a day do you spend being active with your dog (walking, playing, caring for)?
15. 
How much time are you in total on a week day around your dog? This includes actively playing, walking and caring for and for example sitting on the couch together at home.
16. 
How much time are you in total on a day during the weekend around your dog? This includes actively playing, walking and caring for and for example sitting on the couch together at home
17. 
How many dogs did you own before this dog?
18. 
Have you visited a dog school/classes within the last 2  years?
19. 
Have you visited a dog school/classes in the past (longer than two years ago)?
20. 
The following statements are about how you guide your dog and how you look at dog ownership. Do not think too hard, and follow your first gut feeling. (There are no right or wrong answers.) How often does the below statement apply to you? Never (1), sometimes (2), neutral (about half the time, 3), usually (4), always (5).
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
I allow my dog to give input on decisions for instance with regard to the route we follow on walks.
I am responsive to my dog's feelings or needs.
I can explode in anger towards my dog when he does something he knows I don’t want him to do.
I channel my dog's misbehaviour into a more acceptable activity.
I encourage my dog to show how it feels, it is allowed to growl for instance, when uncomfortable.
I give comfort when my dog is upset.
I give praise when my dog is good.
I grab my dog when he/she is being disobedient.
I practice behavior step by step with my dog, so I am sure he understands what I ask of him.
I practice certain behaviour with my dog before asking this behaviour in a more difficult situation.
I raise my voice to make my dog improve.
I scold or criticize when my dog's behavior doesn't meet my expectations.
I take into account my dog's preferences in making plans.
I take my dog's desires into account before asking him to do something.
I think about why rules should be obeyed by my dog.
I use a corrective slap when my dog misbehaves.
I use a poke of my finger, or short kick to snap my dog out of it when it misbehaves.
I use more or higher value reward (food or toy) when I believe my dog should really do something in a situation
I use physical punishment (for instance a slap or a correction chain) as a way to improve my dogs behavior.
I yell or shout when my dog misbehaves.
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The following statements are about how you train your dog. Do not think too hard, and follow your first gut feeling. (There are no right or wrong answers.) How often do the following statements apply to you? Never (1), sometimes (2), neutral (about half the time, 3), usually (4), always (5). 

If my dog does as it's asked, I do as follows:
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
I give it a treat.
I speak to it with a positive tone of voice.
I play with it, without or with a toy (like a ball or toy rope).
I give it its favourite toy as a reward.
I pet or stroke it.
I use a clicker or clicker word (like yes).
I reward it by running a bit.
I reward it by letting it do something it likes, such as swimming or using its nose.
I reward it by allowing it to approach other dogs.
22. 
If I want to teach my dog something (such as sitting), I do as follows:
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
I push on its lower back until it sits down.
I pull it into sitting position using its collar or leash.
I lure it into position by using a treat.
I wait until it sits by itself, then reward it by using a treat or toy for example, but without using a clicker or click word (such as 'yes').
I wait until it sits by itself, then reward it whilst using a clicker or click word (such as 'yes').
23. 
If my dog misbehaves, I do as follows:
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
I squirt water on it or blow air at it.
I use bad tasting food or a bad flavour to discourage it from the bad behaviour.
I tug on the leash during a walk.
I put tension on the leash during a walk (not tugging).
I ask it for different behaviour using a regular tone of voice.
I hold it until it behaves better.
I put it in time-out (bring it to a different room).
I send it off to its bed/crate/spot.
I make an unpleasant noise, for example by dangling or throwing my keys.
I give it a corrective slap.
I roll it onto its side or back.
I use a raised voice to say 'no', 'bad', or similar.
I take its food or toy away from it.
I ignore it until it stops its misbehaviour by itself.
I lift it by its collar.
I sometimes allow it, even though it is not really allowed.
24. 
As training tool(s) I use:
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
Choke chain or slip lead.
Head halter or gentle leader.
No-pull harness.
Prong or pinch collar.
Shock collar or e-collar.
Spray collar, such as with citronella scent.
25. 
If my dog licks its paw for an excessive amount of time, I do as follows:
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
I let it get on with it as it is normal dog behaviour.
I ignore it as to not let it have its own way.
I give it a food treat as a distraction.
I give it a toy as a distraction.
I ask myself how to avoid this behaviour the next time.
I punish it, for example by using my voice, touching the dog or using the leash.
26. 
If my dog chews on something that does not belong to it, I do as follows:
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
I let it get on with it as it is normal dog behaviour.
I ignore it as to not let it have its own way.
I give it a food treat as a distraction.
I give it a toy as a distraction.
I ask myself how to avoid this behaviour the next time.
I punish it, for example by using my voice, touching the dog or using the leash.
27. 
If my dog is at home and barks at sounds (eg. from outside, or the phone or doorbell), I do as follows:
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
I let it get on with it as it is normal dog behaviour.
I ignore it as to not let it have its own way.
I give it a food treat as a distraction.
I give it a toy as a distraction.
I ask myself how to avoid this behaviour the next time.
I punish it, for example by using my voice, touching the dog or using the leash.
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If my dog begs (for food), I do as follows:
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
I let it get on with it as it is normal dog behaviour.
I ignore it as to not let it have its own way.
I give it a food treat as a distraction.
I give it a toy as a distraction.
I ask myself how to avoid this behaviour the next time.
I punish it, for example by using my voice, touching the dog or using the leash.
29. 
If my dog jumps up at someone during a walk, I do as follows:
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
I let it get on with it as it is normal dog behaviour.
I ignore it as to not let it have its own way.
I give it a food treat as a distraction.
I give it a toy as a distraction.
I ask myself how to avoid this behaviour the next time.
I punish it, for example by using my voice, touching the dog or using the leash.
30. 
If my dog is aggressive towards other dogs during a walk (such as by growling or snapping), I do as follows:
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
I let it get on with it as it is normal dog behaviour.
I ignore it as to not let it have its own way.
I give it a food treat as a distraction.
I give it a toy as a distraction.
I ask myself how to avoid this behaviour the next time.
I punish it, for example by using my voice, touching the dog or using the leash.
31. 
If my dog pulls at the leash during a walk, I do as follows:
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
I let it get on with it as it is normal dog behaviour.
I ignore it as to not let it have its own way.
I give it a food treat as a distraction.
I give it a toy as a distraction.
I ask myself how to avoid this behaviour the next time.
I punish it, for example by using my voice, touching the dog or using the leash.
32. 
When I train my dog, I do as follows:
1 Never2 Sometimes3 Neutral4 Usually5 Always
I keep to the same rules (e.g. sit before it gets its meal).
I respond to it in the same way.
I use the same word for behaviour of the dog, such as 'here', and not the one time 'here', and the next time 'come here' or 'come'.
33. 
I base the raising or training of my dog on the following method(s):

 
34. 
How often do the following apply to you and your dog?
(Almost) neverAt least once a monthOnce a weekOnce every few daysAt least once a day
How often do you play games with your dog?
How often do you give your dog food treats?
How often do you kiss your dog?
How often do you hug your dog?
How often do you buy your dog presents?
How often do you have your dog with you while relaxing, i.e. watching TV?
35. 
Some dogs show signs of anxiety or abnormal behavior when left alone, even for relatively short periods of time. Thinking back over the recent past, how often has your dog shown each of the following signs of separation-related behavior when left, or about to be left, on its own:
1 Never2 Seldom3 Sometimes4 Usually5 Always
Shaking, shivering, or trembling
Excessive salivation
Restlessness, agitation, or pacing
Whining
Barking
Howling
Chewing or scratching at doors, floor, windows, curtains, etc.
Loss of appetite
36. 
We are sadly already finished with the behavioral tests associated with this research. As long as this survey is online, the results are still being processed, so we would still like to sincerely thank you for filling in this questionnaire.

The results will be published on http://www.dierenwetenschap.com/, so please check back if you would like to stay informed about this research!
 
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In case you have any remarks about this questionnaire, or your dog, you can write these here.

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Thanks a lot for your cooperation!